Music of all kinds resounded in East Falls as local residents sang, danced and played in the community concert. The East Falls Community Concert featured many talented local residents on Monday, including Frank Kaderabek, former principal trumpet for the Philadelphia Orchestra.
The concert opened with a performance by the Diva Dollz, a group of young people who range in age from 3 to 17 years old. Directed by Dianna Coleman, the group “sings and raps clean age appropriate lyrics about both serious and light issues.” Brooklyn, the head Diva Doll started the concert by singing Wonderful Woman, a song about mothers.
The Wendellas, a group of seven singers led by Wendy Moody on the piano, sang a variety of show tunes written by Johnny Mercer, including Something’s Gotta Give and Moon River. Linda Duttera said this is the group’s fourth year together and she said she really liked that the concert represented such a diverse group of talent in East Falls. “Everybody is local so its really nice to see local talent,” Duttera said.
String instruments were represented by Dante DeStefano, an eighth-grader at The Waldorf School, on the classical bass and Lansdowne Symphony violinist Darrin McBride. Both performers were accompanied by Caroline Davidson on the piano.
Hank Harrison said this was the first community concert he had attended at the Falls of Shuylkill Branch. “I thought it was a terrific concert,” Harrison said. “And I greatly enjoyed the variety of music and entertainment.”
The Friends of Falls of Schuylkill Branch provided homemade refreshments for the reception that followed the concert where the attendants mingled with the performers, ate, laughed and visited with each other about the concert and upcoming community events.